Daltons 40L Garden Time Compost
Name: raspberries (Rubus idaeus).
Plant type: deciduous cane shrub.
Height: canes up to 1.5–2m.
Foliage: dark green leaves with toothed margins.
Climate: prefers cold temperate climates, but can be grown anywhere apples grow.
Soil: prefers deep, well-drained soil enriched with compost and decomposed manure.
Position: full sun.
Flowering and fruiting: as their name suggests, summer varieties bear their crop in summer, while autumn varieties are harvested in autumn.
Feeding: apply a mulch of compost and well-aged manure in winter, and an application of slow-release fertiliser for fruiting plants in spring.
Watering: water regularly during fruiting to ensure berries are lush and full.
Raspberries grow on thorned or thornless canes, just like blackberries. Train raspberries up a trellis or fence to contain their growth and help them maintain a vertical habit. As the canes are naturally spreading, pruning is critical to crop production and plant maintenance. Prune after harvest, and always net developing fruit to prevent birds stealing your entire harvest.
Plant canes in winter while dormant.
Water regularly during fruit production and when weather is dry. Fertilise in spring with a complete fertiliser to encourage spring growth. Mulch with compost and decomposed manure in winter while dormant.
Raspberries are prone to fungal problems, especially in warm climates. Space plants at least 1m apart and train the canes upwards to improve air flow. Avoid overhead watering. As a preventative, treat with a copper spray in winter.
Raspberries can be readily propagated by suckers; these are small plants that readily develop off the spreading root system. Remove suckers to prevent the canes spreading throughout the garden. These suckers can be shared with family and friends, or used to replace your own canes when they tire in around 7–8 years.
After applying fertiliser, delay harvesting for a few days and rinse well before eating. If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
Blueberries: nature's superfoods, packed with antioxidants and filled with flavour.
Apples: enjoy the same climate and growing conditions as raspberries.
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